Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Ku Football Loses Two More

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Ku Football Loses Two More

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KU FOOTBALL LOSES TWO MORE: An already thin Kansas football depth chart just became leaner.

KU coach David Beaty announced two subtractions Wednesday, as offensive linemen Junior Visinia and Joey Bloomfield have been taken off the roster.

The bigger blow is Visinia, who started three games at right guard and played in all 12 as a true freshman. The Grandview, Mo., native was a two-star prospect out of high school according to Rivals.com.

Bloomfield, a three-star out of Louisville, Ky., has retired from football activities but will remain a part of the program. He redshirted in 2013 and did not play in 2014.

The news continues a disastrous offseason for the Jayhawks in terms of departures. Eight players listed on KU's final two-deep from last season with eligibility remaining have left the program or are injured, a list that includes quarterback Michael Cummings (knee injury), leading rusher Corey Avery (dismissal), top wide receiver Nigel King (declared for draft), leading returning tackler Isaiah Johnson (transfer) and second-leading returning tackler Jake Love (retirement).

BATBOY HONORED AT TEAM'S FIRST GAME FOLLOWING DEATH: A 9-year- old batboy who died after being accidentally struck by a follow- through swing in Wichita has been honored at the baseball team's first game since his death.

Kaiser Carlile was struck this past Saturday by a warm-up swing by a Liberal Bee Jays player near the on-deck circle during a National Baseball Congress World Series game. Kaiser died Sunday.

Kaiser's younger sister, Keirsie, threw a ceremonial pitch before Tuesday's game against the Seattle Studs. She and her father, Chad Carlile, embraced Liberal players, who wore jerseys with Kaiser's initials.

The teams stood side by side in a moment of silence. …

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